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A High-Dollar Koch Habit: Should Defense Lawyers Accept Money From The Koch Brothers?

Why can't more organizations place the needs of the people they serve over partisan stubbornness?

Canadian And American Politicians Use Ottawa Shootings As Excuses To Demand More Surveillance, Greater Policing Powers

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you may have heard, an apparently mentally unstable guy shot up the Canadian Parliament earlier this week, killing a soldier, before being shot dead himself. The attack certainly raises some questions -- about dealing with mental health, about security at the Parliament and probably a few other things as well. Show More Summary

Australian ISP iiNet Takes A Stand Against Copyright Trolling By Producers Of Dallas Buyers Club

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written a number of times about the strong, principled stand of Australian ISP iiNet for the rights of its consumers. iiNet was the ISP that was handpicked by Hollywood and the US State Departmenet to be the target of a "test" legal attack, trying to force ISPs to spy on users and become copyright cops. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Meals On Mars

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Astronauts might hibernate on the way to Mars, but they'll eventually need to wake up and eat something. Astronaut food isn't just freeze-dried ice cream and tubes of mashed up mystery meat. Even though microgravity can adversely affect a person's sense of taste, that doesn't mean astronauts should be expected to live on endlessly dreary meals. Show More Summary

The Courts’ Baffling New Math

The Supreme Court of the John Roberts era gets one thing very right: It’s one of the most free-speech-protective courts in modern history. There is no purveyor of semi-pornographic crush videos, no maker of rape-aspiring violent video...Show More Summary

Skadden Arps Plans Move to New Tower on Manhattan’s West Side

A soaring new skyscraper is poised to rise on Manhattan’s West Side, as legal giant Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has signed a letter of intent with Brookfield Property Partners to move to the planned 1 Manhattan West tower, according to a Skadden spokeswoman.

Adobe Discovers Encryption, Cuts Back On Its eBook Snooping A Bit

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The whole DRM for ebooks effort is still pretty braindead all around. It's amazing to me that everyone hasn't realized what the music industry figured out years ago (after many earlier years of kicking and screaming): DRM doesn't help the creators or the copyright holders in the slightest. Show More Summary

Keith Alexander Now Being Vetted By Everybody For Everything After Leaving The Protective Shelter Of The NSA

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Former NSA head Keith Alexander continues to draw the sort of attention he probably hoped he had left behind by resigning his post. His questionable business venture -- a private banking security firm seemingly dependent on patents and...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 10.24.14

NFL blackout rules will be a thing of the past on November 24. So just in time for all you rabid Rams fans to watch them play the Raiders. [CommLawBlog] Electing judges is so very stupid. [What About Clients?] OK, Alex Rich: it’s time to ditch document review and become a psychic. Show More Summary

Field of AG Candidates Narrows as Ruemmler Withdraws Name

Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has withdrawn her name from consideration as President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, a White House official said Friday.

Latest In Cable Astroturfing: If You Squint, Twist, Spin And Mislead With Apples To Oranges Comparisons, US Broadband Is Great!

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For the past few months, I'd been pitched a few times from people (often somehow, if in murky ways, connected to the broadband industry) arguing that all those stories about how the US is far behind in broadband is untrue if you just looked at certain states. Show More Summary

US Government Volunteers to Pay for Infringement by Japan Airlines

by Dennis Crouch The US Federal Government does not get a free-pass on patent infringement.  Rather, the Government’s unlicensed use of a privately held patent constitutes infringement and is actionable. However, Congress created a special court to hear the cases (the Court of Federal Claims), and implemented a number of restrictions on both the adjudication […]

Former NSA Official: Anyone Who 'Justified' Snowden's Leaks Shouldn't Be Allowed A Gov't Job

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few days ago, the FTC announced that it had appointed Ashkan Soltani as its chief technology officer. Soltani is a well-known (and often outspoken) security researcher who has worked at the FTC in the past. Nothing about this appointment should be all that surprising or even remotely controversial. Show More Summary

Cease & Desist Letter Met With Hardcore Trolling

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Don't use the word "cronut." Unless you're prepared to publicly mock the trademark holder.

Driver Destroys Disputed Oklahoma Ten Commandments Statue

Federal authorities have detained a man suspected of smashing his car into the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, reducing the disputed statute to rubble.

SCOTUS Dogs Don’t Understand Aereo Either

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

These folks used the footage as part of an otherwise straight-up report on the Court's shortcomings in addressing technological innovation.

Discovering the Internet of Things: Measuring Impact On Tomorrow’s Litigation & Compliance Strategies

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The beginning of a new business, technology and legal inflection point is staring at us, chuckling at point blank.   The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly ascended to be the “new frontier” for technology vendors to explore, customers to consider and the legal community to fear. But what is the “Internet of Things” really?  Depending…

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

A judge doesn't see conspiracy in preferential treatment gained by one movie exhibition giant read more

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